Company accused of moving workers for personal gain

A grand jury in Greensboro last week handed down a 41 count indictment against the owner and operator of a firm that brings in foreign workers for temporary agricultural and non-skilled jobs in North Carolina and around the Southeast.  According to WRAL, the indictment charges Craig Stanford Eury and Sarah Farrell of International Labor Management Corp. with submitting fraudulent visa applications in an attempt to evade caps on the number of workers who can enter the country on H-2B visas and moving workers on agricultural H-2A visas into non-agricultural H-2B positions.

Much has been written about the problems with the H-2B and H-2B programs.  The Southern Poverty Law Center’s seminal report, Close to Slavery, details the exploitation at the heart of a “guestworker” system which ties workers to a single employer and provides no way for them, many of whom leave families year after year to perform thankless work in the U.S., to ever create a permanent home here.  The unfair treatment of U.S. workers who don’t get a fair shake at these jobs are described in Farmworker Justice’s No Way to Treat a Guest.  Hopefully those messages will not get lost in stories about an indictment that focuses on sleight of hand tactics to game a system that is, at its core, patently unfair to the workers (immigrant and U.S. citizen workers alike) who just want to support themselves and their families.

7 Comments

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    February 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    “The unfair treatment of U.S. workers who don’t get a fair shake at these jobs”

    And this is going to get better by the cry for a $10/hr minimum wage? Typical liberal hysteria that does not see consequences of poor policies.

  2. Jack

    February 5, 2014 at 8:53 am

    LayintheSmakDown

    History shows that increase wages help the economy. Again, how much an hour do you make?

  3. Bill

    February 5, 2014 at 9:38 am

    LAYIN needs to read the “Close to Slavery” report.
    And every time anyone mentioned an increase in the minimum wage, the right starts whining about the end of the world – but it never happens.

  4. Lucinda

    February 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    It seems that a lot of folks on the right really don’t understand the basics of how our economy works. Economic growth happens when more money is spent. An increase in the minimum wage would give a bunch more people more money to spend. They’ll most likely go out and spend it which means businesses will sell more stuff. When businesses see an increase in demand for their products, they usually end up needing to hire more people to meet that demand, which means even more people having more money to spend. Seems like a win-win to me.

  5. GOP Rules

    February 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Jack,
    The increase in wages always gets covered by price increases caused by the increase in labor costs….otherwise why would we need to continually raise the wage? You do know that the highest cost by most businesses is labor right?

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    February 5, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Jack, where is your research. Link please….to a non-partisan source if possible, no NC Justice center related site for sure. The leftists are certainly going to spout that tired reasoning.

  7. Jack

    February 6, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Quid pro quo LayintheSmakDown. Your yearly income for the non-partisan link.